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CLEP Exams: Grades or College Credit?

CLEP Exams: Grades or College Credit?
Using CLEP exams in high school can get complicated. What if you just pass the CLEP exam let’s say with the score of 50?  Does that mean that you are given the college credit for that class but are also given a C on the college transcript like on an AP test?  My daughter is studying for her first CLEP and I want this figured out before we put the time and money in to it....
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Give Colleges What They Want

Give Colleges What They Want
One tip to getting a good scholarship is to give college exactly what they want.  The happier you make the college, the more they like your student. That means they may give you money in scholarships!   Here is Ann's recent experience: Recently, Ethan received a letter from the Dean of Admissions at CCSU. It said his application was important to them, and they wanted to interview him . We didn't know what to make of that,...
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The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!

The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!
Learn the Steps to Getting BIG Scholarships!  You're not just a homeschooler.  You are the Homeschool Parent PLUS Counselor PLUS Mentor PLUS Advisor.  Don't worry, though. Homeschool parents are GREAT high school guidance counselors, motivated by love and a long term commitment to their child's success.  But even the most determined and steadfast parent may quake at the cost of college! Learn how to market your child for college admission.  Marketing can increase your chance of...
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College Application Essays for Homeschoolers

College Application Essays for Homeschoolers
College application essays take time and effort - they don't just happen overnight!  Take some time to learn about them now.  You and your children can practice some application essays now - BEFORE senior year - and make your life that much easier down the road. What's the big deal about a little essay?  If you have ever faced resistance from your children about a writing assignment, boy are you in for a treat! You haven't...
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What is a Homeschool Friendly College?

What is a Homeschool Friendly College?
What is a Homeschool Friendly College? In general, a homeschool friendly college is one that treats a homeschool applicant the same as a public school applicant. Your child would be requested to take the exact same tests as any other student - more tests are not required of a homeschool applicant. Some colleges say they are homeschool friendly, when in reality they have "hoops" that we have to jump through. Read the complete article from 2008 ...
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Better Grades Through Baking

Better Grades Through Baking
As you can imagine, I get a lot of "interesting" press releases.   Recently I received information about how grades improve when the house smells good. Here are the very important statistics: We’re working with homeschooling mom and the founder of Mom Bloggers Club, Jennifer James, to let people know about this new study which shows that 84% of students reporting GPAs of A or B reported positive childhood home smells, such as lemon, mint or “clean.”...
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High School with Learning Challenges

High School with Learning Challenges
If your child struggles with learning challenges, you are not alone!  Read my article " College for Struggling Learners " to hear about other teenagers with learning problems. These are the resources listed in the article, linked so you can easily access the information. Learning Disabilities Association of America Typical learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia - often complicated by associated disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.  Learning Disabilities Association Tips for College Admission Learning...
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Spelling for Dyslexia

Spelling for Dyslexia
My girlfriend has children with dyslexia.  She tells me the best program is always the THIRD spelling program you try!  Because by that time you begin to figure out your child and understand the problem better!  She recommends Sequential Spelling - it was the third (and final) spelling program she tried. Recently I've been hearing about a new program that works well with my clients.  Have you heard about All About Spelling yet? It might be...
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Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada

Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada
Eunice had some feedback about my  blog post "What’s Next? 8 Options After High School" http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/8-options-high-school/5374/ She provided a great argument in favor of community college.  This would be good to compare and contrast with my article Facing the Community College Fad - http://www.thehomescholar.com/recent-articles/community-college-fad.php Please read Eunice's experience with community college, then leave a comment and share your opinion and experiences!  It's important to share information with each other, so each parent has as much data...
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Public School for Senior Year

Public School for Senior Year
A homeschool transcript is easily accepted by almost all colleges.  It's strange to think that public schools don't value our hard work the way that colleges do.  If you are thinking about sending your child to public school for a year or more, consider how it will look on your transcript. Hi Lee, I come to you biting my nails!! Our oldest daughter asked me about attending the local high school her senior year next year. ...
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Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs

Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs
Great News!  Colleges love homeschoolers for their academic preparation, socialization, and specialization. They love us and they want us at their school.  Another group also loves us:  alternative education and parent partnership programs.  They love us for a completely different reason, however!  They love us because they can make money when they make us afraid about homeschooling. Don't be afraid!   Your children can achieve anything with a homeschool education!  They can get into college (with wonderful...
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Here's the Solution to "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!"

Here's the Solution to "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!"
I'm getting those calls and emails again.  The ones where parents start with "Help!  I don't know what I'm doing!" I hear it all.  See if these worries sound familiar: Can my child get into college? Can she get good scholarships? How can I provide opportunities for his future? How do we apply to college? What do I do first? If you are confused with the whole process, and don't even know what to do first,...
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Music Scholarship or Work Study?

Music Scholarship or Work Study?
Many times music scholarships really aren't a scholarship at all.  They are really more like a WORK STUDY PROGRAM. Music scholarships many require many hours invested in practicing and accompanying.  Students may spend hours playing music they don't like to accompany other musicians and singers.  This level of commitment may be required by a music scholarship.  A music scholarship may have relatively low monetary value, and may represent a work study program earning far below minimum...
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Using CLEP on a High School Transcript

Using CLEP on a High School Transcript
CLEP Exams should come with a big disclaimer saying "it depends."  Although CLEP was wonderful for my family, using CLEP test really depends a lot on the university where the student will attend.  In this blog post, we will compare different college policies on the use of CLEP scores, and see the wide variety of how those test are used. What if you just pass the CLEP exam let’s say with the score of 50?  Does...
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College Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants

College Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants
Don't be shy!  Speak up, and colleges may change their admission policy!  A client contacted me about a college her child wanted to attend.  The website provided a homeschool policy that was not very homeschool friendly.  I wrote to the college to ask about their admission policy and received a favorable reply. This is the email I sent to the admission department: To: Admissions Subject: Homeschool Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants Dear William Woods University Admissions, A...
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